THE LOST AND FROWNED INTERVIEW

Lost and Frowned is honored to bring its visitors a rare and candid interview with real live bona fide artist Sara Woster. Born in South Dakota, Sara came to New York by way of Minnesota where she studied art. She lives in Williamsburg where she paints, quilts and watches the WB. Her creations have been featured in Time Out New York, Lucky Magazine, MoveLab, InARt in Osaka, Japan, the Aaron America gallery and lots of other places that are cool enough to know genius when they see it. Recently, Lost and Frowned sat down with Sara in a rather unsafe part of Brooklyn and forced her to ’fess up about some important issues.



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The Parent Trap
from the Blondes series,
acrylic on paper,
6 x 18"

Lost & Frowned: Where do you get your inspiration and/or hair care products?

Sara Woster: Television and C-Town.

L&F: What celebrity does your liver most resemble?

SW: Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend.

L&F: Would you accept a dinner invitation from John Tesh ?

SW: Yes. I played a little Casio in high school myself.

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L&F: Have you ever fired a gun?

SW:Is that some sort of shitty biased question because I’m from South Dakota? Now, if you asked me if I ever clung for dear life to a gun rack in the front seat of my boyfriend’s pick up while he off-roaded in a deserted open pit mine, you would be getting warmer.

L&F: What helps most to make it in today’s dog-eat-dog NYC art world: to be a misogynist alcoholic, or to be a twenty-something do-me feminist with a designer wardrobe?

SW: Neither. Today you need to be to be the offspring of a successful artist.

L&F: What is your favorite curse word to use on your Mom?

SW:I just scream bad grammar at her. She used to be an English teacher and it pains her. I yell. “Woman! I don’t be needing none of that chicken!” If I’m able to curse at her through writing it's even better because then I can switch “there” and “their”.

L&F: Can you paint drunk?

SW:Can I breathe with my eyes open?


A Little Bit Country,
acrylic on paper, 8 x 10"

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L&F: Cooler mustache: Salvador Dali or Frida Kahlo?

SW: Frida.

L&F: How do you make mauve?

SW: By mistake.

L&F: To be a serious painter, do you have to have a messy space with all the brushes and squeezed-out pigments laying all over surrounded by empty coffee cups and full ashtrays and shit? Or can you be very tidy and organized and never get and paint on yourself?

SW: I don’t like that question.

L&F: If you were on a desert island, what five cds would you bring, assuming you could bring cd’s but not something practical like say food or a volleyball?

SW: Essential Johnny Cash, Al Green greatest hits, Prince The Hits, American Graffitti soundtrack, Amadeus soundtrack. That’s all I need, some soundtracks and some greatest hit albums and my Casio and leave me at it.

L&F: Where do you think they got the name “Snapple”?

SW: Snappy apples. I dated the creative director on that account.

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L&F: What’s on your fridge right now?

SW: Photos of my nieces, a wooden magnet of a butterfly my grandma painted, and an old newspaper clipping of this hippie holding this sign over the head of this fat pro-lifer protester that points at her head and says “I am a Xenophobic Pinhead.”

L&F: Can I have some of those sunflower seeds?

SW: Mais non, vous n‘avez pas mon seeds a la turne sol.

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Bush After Pretzel,
acrylic on paper, 5 x 7"


L&F: Do you have a tag?

SW: It’s an S with an umlaut.

L&F: Do you have a muse?

SW: Trixie, my dead cock-a-poo.

L&F: I’ll ask again. DO YOU HAVE A MUSE?

SW: (no response)

L&F: What is “conceptual art”?

SW: It’s like porn--you know it when you see it. Basically, modern art or culture in general is alot like yogurt. It’s all Lite watered-down artificially flavored garbage, packaged in tubes for kids to squirt down each others throats.

L&F: Do you remember the episode of The Love Boat where Sonny Bono played an Alice Cooper type rock star named “Deacon Dark” and he fell in love with a deaf passenger named “Sara” who loved him, too, until she found out he was Deacon Dark, and so to get her back, Sonny Bono took off the Deacon Dark makeup and got rid of the stage show and just played acoustic love songs, starting with this one he wrote about Sara, and it went “since I met you Sara / sweet and loving Sara...” ?

SW: Sure! Actually, no.

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L&F: Do you have any advice for a young artist trying to make it?

SW: Yes–Don’t bother. I’m working this side of the street.

L&F: One last question, what scares you?

SW: That roll of duct tape and blowtorch you've got on the table in front of you...


Continue to admire Sara at www.sarawoster.com



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